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An '''improper belief''' is a [[belief]] that isn't concerned with describing the [[territory]]. May be caused by [[cognitive biases]]. A proper belief, on the other hand, [[beliefs require observations|requires observations]], gets [[belief update|updated]] upon encountering new [[evidence]], and [[beliefs pay rent|provides practical benefit]] in [[technical explanation|anticipated experience]].
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An '''improper belief''' is a [[belief]] that isn't concerned with describing the [[territory]]. A proper belief, on the other hand, [[beliefs require observations|requires observations]], gets [[belief update|updated]] upon encountering new [[evidence]], and [[beliefs pay rent|provides practical benefit]] in [[technical explanation|anticipated experience]].
  
 
Note that the fact that a belief just happens to be true doesn't mean you're right to have it. If you buy a [[lottery]] ticket, certain that it's a winning ticket (for no reason), and it happens to be, believing that was still a mistake.
 
Note that the fact that a belief just happens to be true doesn't mean you're right to have it. If you buy a [[lottery]] ticket, certain that it's a winning ticket (for no reason), and it happens to be, believing that was still a mistake.

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An improper belief is a belief that isn't concerned with describing the territory. A proper belief, on the other hand, requires observations, gets updated upon encountering new evidence, and provides practical benefit in anticipated experience.

Note that the fact that a belief just happens to be true doesn't mean you're right to have it. If you buy a lottery ticket, certain that it's a winning ticket (for no reason), and it happens to be, believing that was still a mistake.

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